1 year after the events in Beslan, Shamil Basayev sent to editorial staff of the Kavkaz Center a statement, which was composed in the style of the answer to the open letter of the Chechen journalist Akhmad of Ichkeria, which was published on the site Kavkaz Center a month earlier.
To the 8th anniversary of the Beslan events Kavkaz Center again publishes full text of this statement.
Shamil Basayev: "We have got much to tell about Beslan..."
In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent and The Most Merciful!
Praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, who has created us Moslems and showed much favor to Jihad on His direct way!
Peace and Blessings to Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those, who follow the direct way up to the Doomsday!
Peace be upon you, Akhmad of Ichkeria!
The Most High Allah says in the Holy Koran:
"Say, "Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. No partner has He. And this I have been commanded, and I am the first [among you] of the Muslims"."
(The Holy Quran, Surah 6. "Cattle, Livestock", verses 162-163)
The Prophet said:
"Accept the Islam completely".
Dear brother, you have noticed it correctly, that "in order to make correct conclusions and to have a correct opinion, it is necessary to be independent". And our supporters and brothers "blaming and condemning" me today are not only dependent, but also they are hostages in those countries, where today they have found a temporary shelter. In fact, all of them are under the constant threat of extradition to the authorities of Russia, if they begin to express their opinions freely.
Certainly, they have got enough courage and judiciousness, but they are also hostages and the erroneous policy, which they began to carry out in the beginning of this war, hoping for the aid and protection of the West. Therefore their speaking, hearts and deeds are separated and are not coordinated with each other. That is why there is an absence of understanding.
"So do not fear the people but fear Me".
(The Holy Quran, Surah 5. "The Table Spread", verse 44)
The Prophet said,
"Let a person not be afraid of threats of people to tell the truth if he has found it out, seen or heard".
Therefore I not only am not upset with their reproaches, but on the contrary, I tell all brothers and sisters, "You are hostages and if you feel better because of it, abuse me as much as you want, but do not prevent me with deeds. I am not Danko and I will make you responsible for deeds, Insha'Allah".
Other's deeds will not stick to me, for "a lie will leave, like a sea foam", and nobody will take away mine, for everyone "who follows the straight way, follows it for himself". But I urgently advise everybody not to forget the words of the Most High,
"O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted".
(The Holy Quran, Surah 4. "The Women", verse 135)
All of us are witnesses of the pig squeal, which was made by Russians after my interview to Babitsky. How Putin and Ivanov were "chewing their snivels". And it happened because I had sounded the requirements of Martyrs in Beslan - "Withdrawal of the armies or Putin's resignation!"
This is what they are afraid of. A word of truth is more terrible for them than a bomb; therefore they try to isolate us from different directions and to liquidate our people with impunity. But Putin and his camarilla is only a soap bubble, which will soon burst.
The Most High Allah says in the Holy Koran:
"You will surely be tested in your possessions and in yourselves. And you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse. But if you are patient and fear Allah - indeed, that is of the matters [worthy] of determination".
(The Holy Quran, Surah 3. "The Family Of 'Imran", verse 186)
Prophet Muhammad said:
"The group of my Ummah, victorious in true, will not disappear. Those, who resist to them, will not damage them, until there is the will of Allah (i.e. the last Hour)".
As far as Beslan is concerned, really, if to play the political games of hypocrites, I should have kept silent or repudiated the brothers. But the matter is that I live my own life, instead of to play other's games. And what for should I refuse a successfully carried out operation, which has shown the real essence of Russicism? What for should we shoulder another's blame?
And we were incited to this capture by the heads of special services of the Northern Ossetia, which had introduced in our group their agent Abdulla (Vladimir) Khodov, the operative nickname "Traveler".
He was detained at funerals of his brother-mujahid and was offered a choice: either a prison with rape, or a work for them.
In order to win my trust, they helped him to make some explosions in Vladikavkaz in structure of one Ingush group. Then Khodov, following the initiative of special services of Russia, offered us a Martyr operation with seizure of the parliament and the government of the Northern Ossetia. But having lived for about one month among Mujahideen in Ingushetia, Khodov himself admitted to the Amir of the group, that he was an agent of the special services (the FSB) and had the task to come closer to me.
I met him, thanked him for sincerity and suggested him working further for blessing of the Islam, having become a double agent. After that, following my advice, he complained to the "heads", that he was trusted a little, as "they did not listen to words there, but looked at deeds". Russians helped him with blowing up of cadets; trucks with liquid gas in Vladikavkaz, and blowing up of a passenger train.
Thus "he won my trust" and since spring 2004 we "together" with special services of Russia prepared for the` capture of the governmental complex of the Northern Ossetia, planning it for the 6 th of September - the Independence Day of the CRI.
Special services should have met the group at the entrance to Vladikavkaz and liquidate it, and Khodov should have hid in a manhole.
Since the 31st of August, we were opened the corridor for active collecting of investigation data and we by this corridor we came to Beslan, "having mixed up" the time and object of the attack.
And it is not all yet.
We have got much to tell about Beslan, and we waited until Russians would finish the "investigation", but all of them drag out this process, because they have nothing to tell the people.
Today we are ready to an open international investigation of the Beslan events. We have a participant of this operation, ready to testify.
The Most High says in the Koran:
"Allah keeps firm those who believe, with the firm word, in worldly life and in the Hereafter. And Allah sends astray the wrongdoers. And Allah does what He wills".
(The Holy Quran, Surah 14. "Abraham", verse 27)
A Chechen saying says: "Not the one, who is able to be at war, is the Man, but the one, who knows, who is his enemy".
We should leave aside useless conversations and to leave the names of our real enemies at least for our descendants. Such enemies, as, for example, Mikhail Gutseriyev, who plundered us in the beginning of the 90th during the first war and plunders now, during the second one.
With a hope to appropriate the Chechen oil, he armed and strengthened Kafyrov (aka Kadyrov), having given him more than 35 million dollars in 2000-2004. Today he has given 5 million dollars to Alkhanov for strengthening of his authority. He gave 20 million dollars to the employees of the law enforcement bodies in Beslan. And he deceived Mujahideen in Beslan, having told them, that there would be no storm, and persuaded them to admit "the car of the Ministry of Emergency Measures" with soldiers from the troops of special purpose to the building.
And in autumn of 2004 he was given an opportunity to buy two oil deposits in Siberia as a gratitude for it.
The other day he opened a school in Jokhar (former Grozny), built on "his own means" and declared, "A person with a rouble is stronger than a person with a gun". Well, it is possible to agree with it. But I responsibly declare, that the True is stronger than a rouble and a person with a rouble will not remain unpunished, Insha'Allah.
He wants our oil on our blood, but we shall return the blood of our brothers and sisters to his house, to his relatives, at least, the blood of 32 martyrs in Beslan. We shall force him to choke with his own blood and to experience the bitterness of it, Insha'Allah.
Gutseriyev's case will be considered at the autumn session of the field Sharia Court, and we ask everybody to give available information on him.
If we wish to stop the genocide of already not only Chechens, but also all other Caucasian peoples, we should give, at least, the information on the site of such creatures and their close relatives to Mujahideen. We can stop the war only so, punishing its instigators.
Today we are at war not against the Russian people, but against Russicism. This misanthropic imperial schizophrenia ideology, a mutated mixture of fascism, racism, chauvinism and one more -isma.
We are at war not to kill people, but to defend our Freedom and Independence, our Belief and our way of life. And we are ready with pleasure to observance of the international rules of waging war by both sides for these rules are taken from Sharia.
Difficulties and deprivations only strengthen the belief and determination of a Moslem.
Allah pleases us in the Koran:
"For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease".
(The Holy Quran, Surah 94. "Solace, Consolation, Relief", verse 5)
We, Mujahideen, are self-sufficient and we are at war not for the sake of human approval, but for the sake of the Most High Allah. We wish to get the Future life with our terrestrial life, having preferred Allah and His envoy before all others.
With the favor of Allah, this year we have opened the Caucasian front. Next year, Insha'Allah, we shall open the Moscow, the Volga region, and the Ural fronts.
Jihad extends and more and more enslaved peoples come to understanding of the necessity to be released from the imperial yoke of Russia with combined efforts. And we, Insha'Allah, will soon necessarily win. We need only to be cleared of hypocrisy, to have patience and be ready to this victory.
Allah in the Holy Koran says:
"Indeed, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to avert [people] from the way of Allah. So they will spend it; then it will be for them a [source of] regret; then they will be overcome. And those who have disbelieved - unto Hell they will be gathered".
(The Holy Quran, Surah 8. "Spoils Of War", verse 36)
And Allah will help us! Allah Akbar!
Military Emir of Mujahideen
Abdullah Shamil Abu-Idris
Department of Letters